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Film, "12 Years a Slave": A Collision of Early American Dreams

"12 Years a Slave": A Collision of Early American Dreams

(Opens Nov. 1.) In the 1840s, a free black man from upstate New York found himself kidnapped and sold into slavery. After a dozen years in hell, his rescue came from an abolitionist played by Brad Pitt. Ah, did we…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist City by the Bytes: San Francisco According to Video Games

City by the Bytes: San Francisco According to Video Games

When I moved from Fresno to San Francisco in 1994, it was for all the usual reasons: To go to college, to start a new life, to discover who I really was, yadda yadda. And, of course, to finally live…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Steve McQueen on <em>Shame</em>, Sex Addiction, and Self-Imposed Imprisonment

Steve McQueen on Shame, Sex Addiction, and Self-Imposed Imprisonment

A prediction: One day soon, when we enter "Steve McQueen" in a web search, the results will be equally divided between the iconic Hollywood star and the rising English filmmaker. Despite any confusion the filmmaker may yet experience, he has…
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Film, "Shame": Body Horror Underlines Chronicle of Extreme Sex Addiction

"Shame": Body Horror Underlines Chronicle of Extreme Sex Addiction

Steve McQueen's first two films both star Michael Fassbender, feature virtually interchangeable titles, and are nearly as grueling to watch as they must have been to make. But where Shame might be nearly as excruciating as 2008's Hunger, it's a…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Bronson</i>


The inmate who renamed himself after a Hollywood action star has been incarcerated for all but a few months of the past 34 years—30 of them spent in solitary—having strategically attacked a succession of guards, attendants, and fellow inmates to…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg</i>

Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg

Did you know that goy god Steve McQueen got an early walk-on on a Jewish television sitcom? That’s just one of the tasty tidbits in Aviva Kempner’s celebratory but clear-eyed portrait of Gertrude Berg, the creator, writer, and star of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hunger


Established artists who’ve made mid-career leaps from gallery to movie house have not easily found their footing. But British video artist Steve McQueen is the exception. Hunger—which won the prize for best first feature at Cannes last May—is a superbly…
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Film, The excruciating details of death by starvation in Steve McQueen's <i>Hunger</i>

The excruciating details of death by starvation in Steve McQueen's Hunger

Established artists who've made midcareer leaps from gallery to movie house have not easily found their footing. Julian Schnabel's first feature was a flop; Robert Longo, David Salle, and Cindy Sherman never got any further than theirs. But British video…
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Music, Reviewed E-40


For an artist who stakes his style on all things kinetic and "flamboastin'," E-40's new album — his first since hyphy's high tide two years ago — is woefully contrived. If he'd merely taken up the challenge of following his…
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Calendar, Night&Day With a <i>Bullitt</i>

With a Bullitt

In a city that prides itself on hurling odd things down steep streets (Big Wheels, cable cars, Steve McQueen), it makes sense that the Red Bull Soapbox Race would finally show up. The taurine-fueled beverage began hosting race events in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Oozing Stage Presence

Oozing Stage Presence

Those tired of typical theatrical offerings will appreciate the series Attack of the Killer B-Movies: Live! The dramaturges of Foul Play specialize in campy Grand Guignol pieces that aim to scare the bejeezus out of you (or just make fun…
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Calendar, Night&Day Very Very Mary

Very Very Mary

We saw Mary Wilson, the normal Supreme, last time she was here. She's not the mean diva, she's not the cheated one and she's not the replacement: She's the original, and what a lady. She delivered all the soignée celebrity,…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Outer Limits

The Outer Limits

Shuffle into one of the four cozy rooms of the Exit Theatre come September, beer and complimentary bowl of pretzels in hand, and you're likely to be tickled pink by a San Francisco Fringe Festival show. For more than a…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Top Five Spots Made Famous in the Movies

San Francisco's place in cinematic lore is assured, because the city has served as a backdrop to countless classic films (and plenty of car commercials, too). Here are a handful of places to get that sense of dramatic déjà vu.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Celluloid Cellulite

Celluloid Cellulite

Late in the 1950s, when The Blob first made it into a movie theater, it devoured the projectionist, then oozed through the wall and descended hungrily on an unsuspecting audience. People gushed from the building, screaming and trampling each other,…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Five Best San Francisco Movies

It's a tossup which of the two San Franciscos filmmakers embrace more frequently: the lovely, hilly backdrop of What's Up Doc? and Pal Joey or the fog-shrouded demimonde of Experiment in Terror and The Lady From Shanghai. With so many…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best San Francisco Movie

For anyone whose first exposure to San Francisco was during the 1960s, Bullitt is irresistibly evocative. Steve McQueen, the coolest star of the decade, plays a maverick cop who bucks the system, favors paisley pajamas, and resides in a mod…
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Dining, Eat Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location

I lived for two years in an apartment at the corner of Jackson and Taylor, right next door (incidentally) to Jack Lemmon's apartment building in Days of Wine and Roses and two blocks north of Steve McQueen's digs in Bullitt.…
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Reel World

Speed Did you notice that summer has arrived? Forget about the sunny respite that abruptly halted the ark-building frenzy -- I'm talking about the Die Hard billboards and the trailers for Batman Forever, Judge Dredd, Crimson Tide and Braveheart. According…
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